Chloe had a difficult day on Friday. Nothing horrible happened to her, but everything was horrible. I personally think she probably hasn't been getting enough sleep. She is still my little night owl, after all, and getting up so early for school really gets to her by the time Friday rolls around. I put her to bed early every night and she is still up for at least 2-3 hours after that. I try. I really do.
Tiredness + anything = Drama. At least for Chloe.
She brought her school picture home, and wanted to know why I wasn't buying a package. Frankly, the picture was awful, and that is why I don't buy the packages ever. I can do a better job. So I told her that it wasn't the best picture and that I would take a nicer picture of her.
She broke down sobbing. "You don't think I'm pretty! It's a pretty picture of me, and you don't think I look pretty!" On and on.
And then I left the house to take Bria to her violin rehearsal, and left Joel to deal with the sad pile of Chloe. Apparently, she then fell apart about a completely different issue. Joel was working on his laptop at the time, so he just typed it all out as she said it because it was so funny.
And then, we went to clean the church that evening. I had just given Chloe and Bria some jobs to do, and I was happily vacuuming, when Chloe turned the corner just bawling. At first I was worried she was hurt, but she doesn't cry like that when she is physically hurt, only if her feelings are hurt. I quickly turned off the vacuum and asked her what on earth had happened.
"I touched a dead cricket! You told me to pick up garbage, so I was, and I touched a dead cricket!!! And I even saw his FACE!"
She didn't get over that for at least ten minutes, and then we sent her into the chapel to straighten hymnbooks and prayed there were no more dead bugs in there.
Finally, just before family prayers, I reminded them that we had a fun Saturday planned, but we had to make sure to do our jobs in the morning. Chloe broke down wailing, yet again.
"But I need to sleep in tomorrow!"
She certainly got that right.